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Recent Santa Barbara Area reviews

  • Cute, Comfortable, Great Location

    "Just got back from a long weekend at this lovely cottage. It has everything you need in a quiet and relaxing environment. The owner is responsive and helpful. Really enjoyed our time here and hope to be back!"
    Guest: Jayne Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 20, 2015
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  • Family Vacation at the Beach

    "This was the first time we stayed in Carpinteria. Before booking, we checked all of the available condominium rentals in this town. We chose Sunset Shores, and specifically this unit, because of the proximity to everything. It is true that this property is not truly "oceanfront" since it sits 1/2 a block back from the beach, but trust me, it is plenty close. You literally walk down the stairs and cross the street. Your toes could be in the sand in less than 60 seconds from the time you leave your front door. Most of the complexes in this town are older, so we were expecting the unit to feel a little worn out. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find the kitchen had gone through a top-notch remodel. Sub-zero fridge, Bosch dishwasher, granite counter tops, new cabinetry (alder?). We were a family of 5 and the twin beds in the guest room were appreciated. The bathroom has new tile throughout and a great shower. (No bathtub, but our kids our older, so that didn't matter to us.) The complex is very meticulously maintained. The pool was heated and their is a hot tub. (Note: the property across the street and "on" the beach does not have a pool.) There are lots of patio tables and chairs throughout so that you can enjoy the outdoors. This unit does not have a private balcony, but there is a large patio area right outside the front door that was rarely used by anyone other than us. The view of the beach is fabulous from there. The management team of the property were great to work with us. We were arriving late and they arranged everything perfectly! This property is right on the corner of Linden, which is the main street of the town. We walked to the Vons grocery store numerous times, no problem. Lots of restaurants within walking distance as well. If we had not wanted to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, the Reagan Library, etc., I think we could have done without a car. VERY bicycle friendly town. Rent bikes if you can to see the seal rookery and the tar pits on the beach, those are longer walks than I had anticipated. We did it, but the kids were worn out by the end. My husband and older boy walked the beach to/from the Padaro Grill area (Santa Claus Lane). They said there is a stream to cross, but at low tide, the water was below their knees. We especially loved our Sunday lunch at Cielo's (on Carpinteria Ave), Rick Reeves was playing and singing and it was AWESOME! Wish we lived closer so that we could hear him again."
    Guest: Alison W. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 15, 2015
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  • Needed a Weekend Away

    "Overall this place is fabulous and just what we needed. It would have been nice to have some toiletries in the bathrooms -- shampoo, lotion, etc. -- but overall fantastic. I took the kids away for the weekend, and it was great."
    Guest: Weekend Away Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 25, 2015
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  • Absolutely Lovely

    "We were so happy the minute we walked in. It is very tastefully decorated, comfortable and clean. Everything we could possibly need was available, it was like being at home. It's a super location...just a short walk to the harbor or the wharf. We absolutely recommend this place and hope to visit again."
    Guest: Bay Area folks Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 13, 2014
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Santa Barbara Area Travel Tips

The Santa Barbara area of California encompasses the sunny cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope Ranch, Montecito and Summerland. This portion of the state is situated in the southern half and is full of exciting attractions, natural sights to explore and delicious cuisine to dine on. This area is nearby some stunning natural beauty like the Santa Ynez, San Rafael and the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.

The cities in the area are known for unique Mission-style architecture as well as a variety of beaches where you can relax in the sand, catch a fish, try your hand at surfing or hop in the water for a refreshing swim.

Things to Do

- Los Padres National Forest: In Goleta, nature and outdoor lovers will enjoy a visit the Los Padres National Forest. As you explore through the vegetation, keep your eye out for the local wildlife like California condors, peregrine falcons, California mule deer and more. There are more 1,257 miles of trails you can use for a thrilling hike through the forest. You'll also find some beaches here, so if it's a nice day take some time to enjoy the warmth of the sun as you gaze across the water.

- Carpinteria Valley Museum of History: Step back into the city's past at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. An array of unique exhibits features displays on the three main cultures that have called this area home: the Chumash people, Spanish and Mexican settlers and pioneers. Admission is free, though there's a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children, so it's a budget-friendly outing. You'll see photographs, artifacts and more left my former inhabitants.

- El Fureidis: While you're in Montecito, visit El Fureidis, Little Paradise or Pleasure Gardens - depending on how it's translated. It's a 10,000 square foot historic estate built in 1906. El Fureidis was originally called the James Waldron Gillespie Estate after the original owner. It's one of only five homes designed by American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. The estate has been featured in a variety of postcards due to the beautiful Persian gardens and unique and stunning design.

- Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum: If you're a lover of all things literary, you won't want to miss out on Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Santa Barbara. It houses a collection of historical documents and manuscripts. The archives include works in literature, science, history, art and religion. Some of the artifacts include the original draft of the Bill of Rights, the original manuscript of "The Wedding March," Einstein's E = Mc2 formula, the "Thanksgiving Proclamation" signed by President George Washington, Webster's dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus and more than a million more rarities.

- Summerland Beach':' - Summerland Beach is a delightful strip of shore that's not usually too crowded, so you won't have to worry about fighting for a spot in the sand. Watch horseback riders mosey through the surf as you stretch out on your beach towel with a good book or dive into the sand and construct a brilliant sandcastle. This beach is popular among dog owners as well, so you can watch happy pooches playing with their owners and fetching balls out of the water.

- Rincon Beach: Rincon Beach is another excellent option in Carpinteria for spending a day in the sand and surf. It's a top spot for surfers, so you're sure to be treated to a show watching them catch the perfect wave. Relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun as you work on your tan or join the surfers in the water for a refreshing dip.

Shopping and Dining

- Camino Real Marketplace: If you're looking to shop in Goleta, head to Camino Real Marketplace where you'll find everything from large retail stores to smaller boutique shops and everything in between. It's a great spot to do a little retail therapy and pick up some exciting souvenirs to remember your trip. There are also a variety of dining opportunities here, so feel free to stop and refuel with a delicious meal. If you're looking to beat the heat, there's also a state-of-the-art theater.

- Summerland Beach Cafe: For one of the best breakfasts in the Santa Barbara area, head to Summerland Beach Cafe. There's plenty of charm and atmosphere housed in this 19th century Victorian home in addition to the delectable meals.Savor your breakfast or lunch indoors, out on the back patio with a wonderfully wooded backdrop or on the front porch as you gaze over downtown Summerland.

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